We offer educational and training programs in Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis for certified yoga teachers and licensed healthcare professionals who provide care for individuals living with MS.
We also offer programs for individuals living with MS including "Living Well With MS" as well as local adaptive yoga classes in a number of states around the country. This website offers a directory of certified yoga teachers who have completed TAYMS18 or TAYMS50.
18 hour training:
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TAYMS18 is an 18 hour introductory training program for certified Yoga
Teachers who are committed to offering adaptive Yoga to
students who have multiple sclerosis. MS is a chronic, unpredictable
neurological disease that causes damage to the nerve fibers of the brain and
spinal cord and can affect the whole body, mind and spirit. The effects of this
disease are highly variable, ranging from mild symptoms to severe disability.
The focus of this program includes an understanding of multiple sclerosis,
common symptoms and their effects on the body, mind and spirit, and the many
ways that the eight-fold path of yoga can reduce symptoms and improve movement,
health, and feelings of well-being. This training includes individual and group
experiential components, lecture and discussion. This program serves as an introduction to TAYMS50.
50 hour training:
TAYMS50 is an in-depth 6 day program that begins with the 18 hour introduction and continues through the week. Participants in the extended training have multiple opportunities to work in small groups and one on one with individuals who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis is an
experiential workshop designed to give experienced yoga teachers and health
care professionals training in adaptive yoga techniques for individual students
or students in group settings who have multiple sclerosis and other
neurological health conditions. Founded
on the Integrative Yoga Therapy model of whole person wellness, this program
includes practical information for yoga teachers as well as a model for
integrating yoga philosophy into practices for body, mind and spirit.Return to the list of our services
Celebrating 15 Years of TAYMS:
Teaching Adaptive Yoga for
Multiple Sclerosis is evolving. Since
its conception in 2003, the goal has always been to expand opportunities for
yoga and wellness for people have challenges from this particular disease as
well as other similar conditions. What
was once a one-day program has evolved into 2 programs – an 18 hour, 2 and ½ day
intensive and a 50 hour, 6 and ½ day in-depth program with opportunities for
hands-on practices with students are diagnosed with MS.
In June 2003, the Greater
Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society sponsored the
first Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis Yoga Teacher Training
presented by Karen O'Donnell Clarke and Lynette Coleman of the NMSS. This
one-day training was attended by 22 yoga teachers. Since then, the training has
grown into a packed two-day program that includes a community education workshop
for people who have multiple sclerosis and their families. During this 2-hour
workshop, people who have MS learn about the healing path of yoga and share
their challenges and experiences with yoga teachers.
After so many years of
developing this program, I am now collaborating with MINDSET Fitness and Yoga in Fort Worth, Texas for this hands on training
experience. Participants will be
training alongside members of the MINDSET community who have been diagnosed
with multiple sclerosis and practice TAYMS Adaptive Yoga. What better way
to learn than with people who live with this condition every day?
We are combining both
trainings together. Choose the 18-hour
intensive or stay for the week TAYMS50 and develop your understanding and skills
alongside individuals living with MS and their MINDSET training
Since 2003, TAYMS has been hosted by local chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and independent yoga studios over 25 times with more than 350 participating yoga teachers from throughout the United States. These
teachers, who share a strong belief in the health and healing aspects of yoga,
are committed to offering therapeutic and adaptive yoga to students with a wide
range of abilities and disabilities. The future is bright for people who have
MS and teachers who are expanding their practices to include students who need
a nontraditional approach to yoga. Return to the list of our services
training. I thought this training was very well thought out. I loved how we learned about MS symptoms,
nervous system and other systems of the body.
The Koshas, chakras, whole person
wellness, mudras, pranayama, yoga practices . There was so much more but I
especially enjoyed being treated to a Yoga Nidra each day! Thank you Karen for
putting your heart and soul into this training!"
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~ Terry Olsen
that the training as a whole has really developed. There was so much more in this training than
in the one I took (in 2006.) I’ve been
to some good workshops and some great workshops and this was up there with the
best. You are authentic in your passion
and bring humor into what could be and is a very serious topic. You remind us of the humanness of our students
and that each of them should be treated as individuals. Thank you for that gift."
~ Laurie Bruce
"Karen, your workshop was
incredibly empowering! Your knowledge and your spirit shone through and your
generosity in sharing with us was unsurpassed.
You were extremely organized and seemed to anticipate our every need and
question. Thank you for sharing your story and your experience.
Demonstrating your initial
meeting with a student on Saturday was very powerful and the workshop on Sunday
was incredible! I was a little nervous, because I hate those occasions of being
“put on the spot,” but the experience proved to be invaluable. I had the pleasure of working with the male
caregiver who seemed not to want to be there. After the session, he seemed to
have totally been sold on the benefits of yoga and spoke about how enlightening
the experience was for him. Completely unexpected!!! How wonderful!
Again, thank you so much. You
are doing incredible work and I very much valued having the opportunity to be
your student. I hope to work with you again in the future!" ~ ML